April 2015 - Disney Wonder to Caribbean - Western
It was the best way to travel with 8 grandchildren ranging in age from 3 years to 11 years. There was something for everyone to do 24/7. The children's experience was above our expectations. Even though the initial cruise was slightly more expensive than other cruise lines, in the end I believe it was more economical in that everything was included: kids' club activities, soft drinks, ice cream, etc. The safety measures were excellent and we could keep track of the kids' locations at all times.
The staff was extremely courteous and helpful. The attention to the children's needs was excellent. The waiters brought the children's meals right away so that they were kept busy while the adults enjoyed relaxed dining.
The ship was very clean and comfortable.
The swimming pools are very small and were extremely crowded. This was a negative as all 8 children and the adults complained about this. Also, the food was just OK. I don't expect gourmet food on cruises, but the seasonings could have been better. There was plenty of variety - just lacking in flavor.
Also, there should be more activities for boys. With the emphasis on "The Disney Princesses" the boys felt somewhat left out.
The entertainment was the best we have seen on any cruise line and we have sailed with Princess, Celebrity and Norwegian in the past. The actors had marvelous voices and were accomplished dancers. The productions were first rate.
Castaway Cay, Disney's private island, was marvelous. Again, the food was plentiful, but below average. However, the beach chairs, towels, water activities, location of bathrooms, slides, etc. were amazing. What fun!
I highly recommend a Disney cruise for anyone who is traveling with a multi-generational family. It was very relaxing, fun and amazing to watch the children's reactions to all the various activities on board.